‘72’ x 3 equals… 99,510lbs of trac­tive ef­fort

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

Over 50 years af­ter one of the GWr’s ‘72XX’ 2‑8‑2Ts was last seen in steam, all three ex‑Barry sur­vivors are sud­denly look­ing rel­a­tively ‘complete’.

At the Buck­ing­hamshire Rail­way Cen­tre, class pro­to­type No. 7200 has a largely complete ‘rolling chas­sis’ and the £120,000 ap­peal to over­haul its boiler is two‑thirds of the way to its tar­get (dona­tions via www.7200trust.org.uk). The Great Western So­ci­ety’s No. 7202 made a rare out­doors ap­pear­ance on Novem­ber 18 (be­low) to have its cab and smoke­box fit­ted, while things are look­ing up for the third ex­am­ple, No. 7229 (right) at the East Lan­cashire Rail­way. Af­ter many years in a dis­man­tled state since it ar­rived from the Plym Val­ley Rail­way in 1990, it was tem­po­rar­ily re­assem­bled for dis­play at the line’s steam gala on March 10‑ 12. Agree­ment has been reached to place it into a planned ELR Rolling Stock Trust, to safe­guard its fu­ture op­er­a­tion on the line. Some restora­tion work was car­ried out on the en­gine in the 1990s, and it reached the ‘rolling chas­sis’ stage ‑ al­though hav­ing been stored out­side for many years, fur­ther at­ten­tion will be needed. Nonethe­less, the big tank now fea­tures in the ELR’s over­haul plans, along­side ‘4MT’ No. 80097, ‘3F’ No. 47324 and ‘9F’ No. 92134 ‑ and the pos­si­bil­ity has been raised that it could steam by 2019. There­fore, the most for­got­ten of the trio might ac­tu­ally be the first to run again.

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